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Mar 15, 2011 4:30am PDT
overseas. the nuclear crisis in japan getting worse. a safety official there says technicians cannot keep a waste fuel cool from boiling over. it's at the fukushima plant 150 miles north of tokyo. the water is supposed to be kept cool to prevent spent fuel rods from resuming nuclear reactions. a third explosion rocked the earthquake-damaged plant yesterday. fuel rods inside the reactor are heating up. they are causing a buildup of hydrogen gas. that's what's causing that explosion. the u.s. agency that protects america's nuclear weapons has deployed a team of experts to monitor radiation risks there. reportedly this team and crew from lawrence livermore labs. the japanese government warning people to evacuate within a 19-mile radius. the bay area expert says it's too early to tell what the impact on japan will be. >> well, at this point in time it's very hard to catch any situation. the risk is that we see more radiation released from the nuclear power plants, but at this point we don't have sufficient information to assess where it's going. >> now, california has more than a half dozen n
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Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm PST
earthquake that devastated the bay area. japan is still feeling the aftershocks tonight and all this means something to each and every one of you watching because we all live in earthquake country. the devastation in japan lets know how vulnerable we >> reporter: for many of us, take a look at this videotape where you can see the four faults that seismologists know of here in the bay area. they are the san andreas, hayward, rogers creek fault. they're located in urban areas. experts believe the rogers creek fault located in the santa rose area will be the next one to cause a major earthquake because a lot of tension is built up underground. there's a major difference between the japan earthquake and the loma prieta, the one we experienced back in 1989. >> in the loma prieta, we were very close santa cruz, san jose and we then saw lots of shaking in the san francisco peninsula. the devastation in san francisco was very localized due to particular types of ground motion that caused strong shaking. >> reporter: the map you see here shows where the quake struck in japan and how far it struck b
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Mar 12, 2011 5:30pm PST
the latest on some california experts now on their way to japan to lend their expertise with the contiinnu t th therou good night. >>> disaster, in japan. dramatic rescues and utter devastation. tonight, after natural disaster, a power plant explosion and a threat of nuclear disaster. just how dangerous is it? plus a new look at the power and fury of a tsunami. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. right about now people here in japan are starting to ask themselves how much worse can things get? struck yesterday by one of the largest earthquakes ever on record entire communities swept away under a 30 foot high tsunami and now this. thousands forced to flee from path of a radioactive leak. it is sunday morning here in tokyo. far from the epicenter still feeling the occasional aftershock. in the disaster zone itself, along the east coast, rescue efforts have been complicated by damage to a nuclear power plant. it could potentially suffer a nuclear meltdown. and there is late word of an emergency involving a second reactor in that complex. hundreds of bodies have been
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Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm PDT
of drinking water. on the economic front, japan's stock market plunged again today. >> reporter: it's considered the worst disaster in japan since world war ii and will also be the most documented. this home video continues to come into the newsroom on a daily basis. this is one of the hardest-hit areas. this fishing port was virtually wiped off the map. the pictures are so alarming. reports that as many as 10,000 people are missing from this town alone. >> we have live team coverage. george is live in tokyo. we'll go to him in a moment. obviously they are following developments there closely and there is much anxiousness. >> we've been talking the last few days about three japan towns. here in san francisco and san jose. live in san jose, there are different generations with how they are coping now with the disaster. chris? >> reporter: well, this is a very interesting place here. san jose's japan town. we have seen generations of people, people who were born in japan and have been here for many, many years. also, children who are four or five generations removed but all trying to
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Mar 16, 2011 4:30am PDT
>>> overnight japan continues to work to pe vent a major meltdown at a nuclear plant despite threats to workers' health. we'll have the latest. how vulnerable is the east bay to a tsunami? the cities that would face the brunt of the damage were one to hit. >> reporter: for loyal pete's coffee drinkers this news may be hard to swallow. starbucks may be taking over. i'll explain coming up in a live report. >> and a live look outside. it's wednesday, march 16. this is "today in the east bay." >> good morning. a rainy drive in to work this morning. let's check your forecast with christina loren. >> good morning to you, scott. yeah, the rain really hasn't had an opportunity to dry out and there's more pushing in, consistent rain over the bay area this morning. that will make for ponding on our local roadways. we'll tell you when these showers are expected to clear. right now we want to get you to work on time. >> good morning. from the look of the wide shot of the maze no major issues but talking about the rain and also windy conditions. so we're watching areas crossing over the w
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Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm PDT
of american expertise with regard to nuclear energy that's being called upon to help in japan. tonight we've learned of another american resource that's being looked into, the super soaker, the converted 747 used to drop huge amounts of water on wildfires. we talked with the company that runs it tonight and they say they're in talks with what role they could play. they likely wouldn't be used to put out fires at the plants, but might play a role in dealing with the radiation. they promise more information tomorrow. >> thank you, gavin. let's check in now with jeff ranieri checking the weather patterns and what that impact may be with us, especially now that we're talking so much about radiation concerns. >> as that radiation continues to get emitted into the atmosphere, we see weather systems over japan keeping this suppressed to the surface, as we head toward the next 48 hours, we're going to see a shift in the atmosphere that's going to allow some of the radiation to go into the higher levels, something to keep in mind here in california, that radiation will weaken quite a bit over a 59
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Mar 10, 2011 11:00pm PST
products. don't be big tobacco's next victim. >>> breaking news out of japan where a huge, a great earthquake has thundered through that country. an 8.8 magnitude quake off of the northeastern coast of that country. just a distance from tokyo. that happening at 2:46 japan time about 9:46 this evening here. that triggered a 13-foot tsunami in that area. >> and those pictures that you were just seeing just a moment ago was the leading edge of that tsunami moving in. those were live pictures from japan as a 13-foot we're back to those live pictures right now, look at that, that's a wall of water that is moving inland. the tsunami caused by this earthquake. i think in the top the screen. you can see a boat being carried inland. epicenter of this earthquake about 240 miles northwest of tokyo. they felt it. and they felt it hard in tokyo, large buildings shook violently. workers poured into the streets. there are reports of even buildings toppled and fires going on right now in tokyo. again 240 miles away. >> again, an 8.8 earthquake but this is not the first earthquake to rock japan in
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Mar 14, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the disaster in japan. in the aftermath of the quake and the tsunami, now there's a full scale nuclear scare, and it's deepening. tonight the u.s. is being asked for more help. our team is on the ground and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers out west tonight. we have all the very latest for you on the disaster in japan. it started with a freak of nature, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded on the planet, but then right then as the rubble settled and the buildings stopped swaying, the water came ashore. the tsunami in japan killed thousands. in some parts of some towns, there's no remaining evidence that anyone ever lived there. and now tonight the crisis has taken yet another turn, and we are covering a full-blown nuclear scare in japan. there are 17 nuclear power plants across japan, 54 nuclear reactors, but one plant in particular is in trouble. it's the fukushima plant, and if you've seen the pictures of it over this past weekend, there was one explosion in one buil
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Mar 12, 2011 11:00pm PST
>>> six nuclear reactors at two power plants in japan are at risk of meltdown after the cooling systems fail. add to that, one of the buildings housing the reactors exploded earlier today. emergency crews ordered more than 170,000 people to evacuate the areas around those two power plants. as for the earthquake and tsunami, officials have confirmed the deaths of nearly 800 people. but tens of thousands of people are still missing tonight. there are stories coming out as well of people who evacuated to schools, to shelters, only to have the shelter destroyed by the tsunami. one described how the road moved up and down like a wave during the earthquake, then things caught on fire while it was snowing and then the tsunami hit. there's now 100,000 troops on the ground along the northeastern coast. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. we have team coverage of the ongoing aftermath. elyce kirchner is covering the threat of the meltdown. kimberly tere is in santa cruz. but first, nbc's lee cowan has the latest from japan. >> reporter: good morning from tokyo. it is sunday morning here, where
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Mar 14, 2011 4:30am PDT
>>> a second explosion at a nuclear plant in japan. new fierears of radiation leaks. new video of friday's tsunami as it takes down everything in its path. this as the death toll spikes dramatically. >>> good morning. i'm christy smith. after a b.a.r.t. train derailment yesterday in the east bay, we'll tell you what commuters can expect this morning. >>> a live look outside. it's monday, march 14th. this is "today in the east bay." >>> reporting what matters to you. this is "today in the east bay." >>> good morning, christina. >> good morning to you, scott. unfortunately, a back-to-work monday. we've got showers to start you out this morning in the east bay. right now they're not moving very fast. they're going to be very light in nature if you do see these showers over your house. in livermore and moving through tracy right now. this is evaporating before it moves over the surface. your roads nice and slick for your monday drive. here's mike and noah. >> good morning. we have light rain and light traffic so far. so your east bay commute moving all right. there are slick condit
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Mar 15, 2011 4:00am PDT
today," on the verge. japan's nuclear crisis creeps toward catastrophe as a third reactor is rocked by an explosion and a fourth catches fire. >>> nikkei nose dive, japanese stocks go into a free fall when investors panicked by radiation fears. jacks up the price of flying fears. jacks up the price of flying american astronauts into space. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a nuclear nightmare. radiation levels spiked in japan this morning in the wake of a series of explosions at the fukushima nuclear power plant. there are new concerns water inside the waste pool storage pool for one of the damaged reactors may be boiling increasing the possibility of fuel rods being exposed. just days after suffering its most crippling catastrophe ever, japan is now facing the world's worst nuclear disaster since chernobyl. for the latest we turn to nbc's kristin dahlgren in tokyo. good morning to you. >> good morning. the latest radiation levels ap
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Mar 15, 2011 11:00pm PDT
>>> tonight from bad to worse, developing news from japan right now where the last line of defense against a nuclear meltdown is put on hold. getting out. csu students in japan are given orders to come home now, and tonight that exodus is under way. they came back to see what was left of their home. the answer? not much at all. we're there as one family returns to the quake zone, and we'll show you the surprise they found. good evening, and thanks for joining us tonight. >> they are breaking developments out of japan. late tonight pacific time smoke poured ut of the crippled fukushima power plant as people watched the worst environmental disaster in their country broadcast life on the tvs. inside the plant, workers the only line of defense to cool the reactors, down told to stop and evacuate. plant officials admitting they have no idea what's causing that smoke. >> moments ago chris jansing, one of the crews remaining in tokyo filed this report along with our chief medical correspondent along with robert boozele. the question, simple, what's the impact of what happened in the last
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Mar 13, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> japan wakes but not from its nightmare. >> my son might have been engulfed by the tsunami. >> a new day brings fresh scenes of devastation. new fears of nuclear disaster. >> we don't know what's going on inside the plant at the moment. >> and an ever rising death toll. tonight the latest, most redeveloping pictures from the worst hit city. as the grim search for survivors continues, relief finally arrives. >> we're over here to help. >> there are dramatic stories of rescue, but an overwhelming sense of despair. >> we lost everything. >> with thousands missing, cities gone -- >> the longer it goes on the less likely we'll find survivors. >> and a proud nation brought to its knees. the very latest with ann curry and lester holt on the disaster in japan. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to this special edition of "dateline" reporting from tokyo, i'm lester holt. the scope has widened, the death toll has risen astronomically now estimated at more than 10,000 people. it is the gravest crisis japan has faced, leaders say, since world war ii. with the lat
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Mar 13, 2011 5:00pm PDT
>>> right notice at 5:00, the exact number of dead in japan is still unknown, but the expected death toll rose sharply today. that as power plant crews continue to check people for radiation poisoning, and hundreds of thousands of people are spending a second night in evacuation shelters. we'll have the very latest from japan straight ahead, including an update from our very own george who was there tonight. >>> friends and family of a san jose english teacher missing in japan are struggling to try to re-establish contact with her. we'll have a live report on that coming up. >>> and bar crews are gearing up for a very long night of emergency work after a tank car train came off the tracks. we'll have the very latest and what it might mean for your morning commute. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. tonight we have an extended hour-long 5:00 newscast and we begin with the very latest developments in japan where it is 9:00 a.m. on monday. japan officials today acknowledged it is likely up to 10,000 people died in the earthquake and tsunami. that
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Mar 15, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the disaster in japan. people are being ordered to seal themselves in their homes after a radiation leak. and new problems at more reactors. tonight the americans who are buying medicine based on fear. and the continuing suffering on day five since the disaster. our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and a special good evening to our viewers in the west tonight. tonight japan is dealing with a full scale tragedy, while also trying to contain a full scale nuclear emergency. the release of radiation has prompted a major evacuation. and the people of japan, across a wide area, are now being told to seal themselves in their homes. tonight we have the latest on the disaster in japan. the number confirmed dead just over 3,500. and the missing now standing at close to 7,000. both expected to go much higher. half a million people have been evacuated. almost that number are in shelters. there are still huge shortages of food, fuel, water and shelter. about that radiation leak and the effort to avert an all out meltdown. 70,
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00am PDT
up. >>> thank you very much, mike. the world is certainly watching japan this morning after word of a radiation leak at a nuclear power plant. japan's prime minister is telling people in the region to stay indoors. radiation has apparently spread from four reactors at the nuclear plant in fukushima. there is also a threat of further leaks of radioactive substances. evacuations are under way. the leak was discovered after a third explosion at the plant. there's now panic buying in cities like tokyo. can you see store shelves are wiped clean of canned goods, batteries and a lot of bottled waters. officials are afraid hoarding will hurt the delivery of aid to people who really need it. george kiriyama in the middle of it from tokyo and joins us where many people -- to say where a lot of people are going just to flee some of the nuclear fallout. good morning to you, george. >> reporter: good morning, to you, brent and laura. good evening from tokyo. right now as we speak many residents and tourists are leaving the city. there's a different feel in the toke yeo as you see in the video
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Mar 14, 2011 11:00pm PDT
of japan. amateur video showing the exact moment the tsunami slammed into a village in the northeast part of that island nation. good evening, everyone. >> there are stories of hope and recovery but they're overshadowed tonight by a growing nuclear concern. let get you caught up on the late developing nuxs tonight, a primary concern involves the crippled fukushima power plant. radiation is leaking from the crippled reactor after yet another explosion and fire. japan's prime minister warning its people to stay indoors and saying, radioactive fuel inside one of the reactors is in jeopardy of medicaling down. >> we're getting new photos of the devastation seen from space. google showing more hard overing images, showing the hard he was hit areas before and after. >> and against the odds, a japanese soldier plucked a healthy 4-month-old baby girl from the debris in one of the hardest hit areas of the disaster. >> japan struggling to cope with three tragedies. the search for the earthquake victims, the tsunami that engulfed the provinces and tonight the escalating threat from the damaged nucle
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Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm PDT
by spiking radiation levels. japan doubled the number of workers heading into the plant to assess the situation. all this time, the japanese had been telling people to stay 12 miles away, but that may not be far enough. >> american citizens in japan evacuate, those american citizens within a 50-mile radius of the reactors evacuate from that area. this is the same advice that the nrc would give if this incident were taking place in thenit uni states. >> how u.s. military pilots are not being allowed within that radius of the plant except for the ones who are going to assist in some relief missions. they are getting those iodine tablets. as the white house delivers the urgent message to get away, france and australia are telling their folks to get out of japan all together. steven chu told congress he can't say whether japan is responding appropriately because even he is hearing conflicting reports. the head of the nuclear regul regulatory commission -- nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much. >>> a bay area woman knows firsthand what it's like to survive a nuclear disaster. jodi
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Mar 17, 2011 4:30am PDT
that japan's safety zone around that failing nuclear plant is not big enough. so this morning there is new advice for americans in japan. move back, or get out altogether. tracie potts is live in washington this morning with what you need to know. tracie? >> what appears to be white smoke began to rise from the number 3 reactor. >> reporter: helicopters are now dropping water on japan's nuclear plant. >> we believe the secondary unit is destroy and not water in the melt pool. >> reporter: japanese deny that but authorities believe it's overheating. the u.s. believes radiation levels there are extremely high with conflicting reports coming from japan, the state department is warning americans to leave or at least stay 50 miles away. 30 miles further than the japanese record. >> we're advising the american citizens listen to the state department. >> reporter: some fear that's not enough. >> 50 miles is not a safe distance to be in an emergency like that. >> reporter: the state department's organizing charter flights out of tokyo for what so far is a toll tear evacuation. president obama call
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Mar 11, 2011 5:30pm PST
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the big one hits japan. a massive history-making earthquake, one of the largest ever measured, and it triggers a massive tsunami all the way to the u.s. tonight we're watching the rising death toll. a nuclear plant in trouble. the aftershocks continue. the world is watching japan and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> a special good evening to our viewers in the west tonight. as you know by now, the nation of japan has suffered a colossal historic earthquake that has caused massive damage, massive loss of life and sent ocean waters racing over land. the big quake was a magnitude 8.9, it struck at 2:46 p.m., centered 78 miles offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center. it has been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be thousands, as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving fas
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Mar 17, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the desperate measures under way to get the nuclear crisis in japan under control. >>> and president obama tells americans there's no threat from radiation coming across the pacific. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers joining us in the west. while the japanese deal with a staggering humanitarian crisis, they are now engaging in a last-resort effort to stop perhaps multiple meltdowns at nuclear reactors. and today president obama had to reassure the american public especially those along the west coast, that these fears of some sort of radioactive cloud coming across the pacific just aren't true. here now the latest on the disaster in japan. desperate measures now under way to lessen the nuclear disaster. while tonight japanese officials are saying they have rare good news of some levels stabilizing, late today we got the first look at the reactors close up. this new video of a helicopter fly-over showing the destruction. then there are the numbers. just under 5700 dead, ju
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Mar 12, 2011 6:00pm PST
bringing to six the total number of reactors that have failed in japan. here's what we know at this hour. those six reactors are at risk of spreading radiation about 170 miles northeast of tokyo. one building exploded early this morning, housing one of those reactors, but remarkably we're told the reactor containment vessel is still intact and crews are pumping sea water into that vessel to try to cool it right now. so far there are no further reports of radiation escaping from that site. japanese officials confirmed the deaths of almost 700 people, but tens of thousands of people are still missing tonight. more than 215,000 people are living in temporary shelters in five areas. and millions are without water and power at this hour. here in california, we, too, have nuclear power plants and earthquakes. could it happen here. there are 104 power plants in the u.s. including two on the west coast. the closest reactor to the bay area is the diablo canyon nuclear power plant located near san luis obispo. it's said it's unlikely what happened in japan would happen here. >> as you
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Mar 16, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> on the broadcast tonight, disaster in japan day six. on the nuclear crisis, the americans now say the radiation is much more dangerous than the japanese are letting on. while the heroic effort continues to stop a meltdown and recover from a quake and a tsunami, the fears over radiation continue. our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers in the west tonight. tonight in the midst of a massive humanitarian crisis in japan, for much of the day there was a disagreement between the americans and the japanese over how dangerous the nuclear crisis is and exactly how much radiation is being released into the environment. here's the very latest tonight on the japan disaster. the humanitarian crisis continues. over 4100 confirmed dead. there are 12,000 unaccounted for. 100 countries are now offering aid to japan. tens of thousands of people have been scanned for radiation. american citizens within 50 miles of the bad reactors have been told to evacuate or stay inside their homes after the most recent spike in radiatio
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Mar 16, 2011 5:00am PDT
. >> thank you very much. right now the team working to prevent a nuclear meltdown at a power plant in japan is getting read the go back in after being evacuated hours ago. safety leaders pulled the team out of the plant in fukushima earlier this morning after a surge in radiation. the team of 70 volunteers had been rotating in and out of the danger zone to keep radiation exposure to a minimum. but nuclear safety analysts say when it comes to workers' health the damage may already be done. >> they are already being exposed to levels of radiation that are life threatening and will in some cases be fatal. it's a very, very bad situation. >> the workers have been trying to cool down the overheating reactors by pouring sea water on them. leaders say they are considering using helicopters to dump that water and boric acid on the reactors. radiation concerns force many news agencies to pull their reporters out of japan. among them our own george kiriyama who has been working in japan since sunday. >>> american military technology being used in afghanistan is now being used in the relief efforts in
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Mar 12, 2011 5:00am PST
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. growing fears of a nuclear meltdown after explosion and fire at a nuclear power plant, crippled in the devastated earthquake and tsunami. and the search intensifies, new images emerge of the catastrophe that stunned the world. saturday, march 12, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm amy robak. >> and i'm kacarl quintanilla. >> there is a growing fear of nuclear meltdown in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. a fire at one of two nuclear power plants at the epicenter. you can see the explosion in the distance. injuries there. and the wounds and walls have been destroyed. a possible radiation leak. mandatory evacuations in the areas of both plants. >> as for the death toll, at least 1,300 people have been killed. authorities say that number may rise in hours and days ahead. hundreds unaccounted for, and untold numbers of people are stranded. rescue efforts under way to reach them. >> millions across the country without power. officials have lost contact with
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Mar 13, 2011 11:00pm PDT
>>> right now at 11:00, disaster in japan, and the ground is still shaking. >> this one i would have to say right now is one of the stronger ones. >> nbc bay area's george kiriyama is in japan as the damage becomes more evidence. the tragedy in japan knows no border. a bay area family is waiting for word on a loved one caught in the disaster zone. the news starts right now. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. it is now monday afternoon in japan. and the country faces another nuclear threat. just hours ago, a second explosion at a reactor rocked northeastern japan. here are some of the latest video we're getting into the newsroom from the fukushima plant. so far six people have been hurt, but it's not known how much if any radiation has been released. and the number of deaths continues to rise as well. right now at least 10,000 people have died. but that will no doubt grow in the days to come. our own nbcay b area's george kiriyama is about an hour north of tokyo near the airport. he begins our coverage tonight. hello, george. >> reporter: hello, diane. good afternoon from narita just
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Mar 12, 2011 7:00am PST
the reactor's cooling system failed. it's just the latest emergency to confront the people of japan as they wake up to an uncertain future. there is of course widespread destruction in japan after the massive 8.9 quake and tsunami. and here's what we know right now. at least 574 people are confirmed dead. although local media reports say as many as 1,300 people may have been killed in friday's double disaster. 586 people are confirmed missing and more than 1,100 people are injured. now it's a disaster that reaches halfway around the world that has caused damage right here in the bay area. we have team coverage this morning on the quake and tsunami in japan and it's impact here at home, rob is tracking the disaster from our studios, but we begin with monte frances. >> reporter: good morning, about an hour from now, the harbor is expected to reopen to those boat owners. you can see right now the yellow tape is still up and it's still closed at this hour. but once it does reopen, the coast guard is expected to escort those boat owners and a few at a time. as for the damage, the harbor
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Mar 14, 2011 6:00pm PDT
here in menlo park and in japan have updated the magnitude of the earthquake from 8.9 to 9.0. the change means the quake was 1.5 times stronger than they initially thought. the official death toll approximately 2,000 people now. >> however, the projected death toll is well over 10,000. thousands of people still remain missing while survivors are coping with emergency shelters. rescue crews are battling long distances and has destruction as they try to reach these survivors. more than 1 million people are still without water and power. nbc bay area's george kiriyama is in japan tonight, reporting live from tokyo. we will check in with him at approximately 6:15. well, the nuclear crisis in japan continues the deepen at this hour. reports of a third explosion. it happened within the last 90 minutes of the crippled fukushima daiichi power plant. the associated press reports the latest explosion was a reactor where the water levels left fuel rods exposed. they're trying to keep temperatures under control. earlier today, these pictures were taken of a hydrogen explosion in anothe
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Mar 16, 2011 4:00am PDT
bye-bye. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >>> this morning on "early today," high anxiety. japan pulls emergency workers from its crippled nuclear power plant after a surge in radiation. >>> dealing with disaster, a new study reveals how prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today. it was following a dangerous spike in radiation that japanese authorities feared was a risk to workers' lives. nbc's dan shenaman reports. >> reporter: authorities in japan have worked to avert a tragedy. the work has centered on damage to the machine four reactor where spent rods were being stored in pools of water. sea water has been pumped
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Mar 21, 2011 5:30pm PDT
, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in these attacks he launched from south america to stop gadhafi from firing on his own people. we
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Mar 16, 2011 6:00pm PDT
devastated north eastern japan, american nuclear energy leaders are taking a different position regarding the safe of japan's crippled nuclear plant. >> the white house warned u.s. citizens to clear the area 50 miles around the plant. japan is just advising a 20-mile evacuation. the state department is telling citizens to rely on the united states for updates. nbc's bay area is tracking the effort to stop a nuclear meltdown. >> reporter: we are monitoring all the information coming and it is hard to make sense of all this. what we do know is that right now in the last hour, the focus has shifted to a reactor at that daiichi nuclear plant. that's one thing we're watching. we're watching the advisory for american to get a little farther away from that plant than was originally recommended. now, the japanese government did double the number of workers they're sending in, trying to find out what's happening within the plant. they are working by flashlight. they are pumping sea water in to cool those fuel rods. from the outside, they will use water cannons instead of water dropping helicopters
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Mar 16, 2011 11:00pm PDT
in the nuclear business talk about big changes that need to be made. >>> and her mission of love in japan that comes with a warning for every household back home. good evening, i'm garvin thomas. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. nuclear scientists in japan tonight admit they're fighting an invisible enemy, radiation. the levels again spiking at those damaged power plants. now, just hours ago japanese crews innohi cok choppers started dumping sea water on reactors. in washington, u.s. officials are now warning that one, if not two, of those plants may be on the verge of spewing more radioactive material. and those fears are prompting a mass exodus from tokyo tonight. with the obama administration authorizing the first evacuations of americans. among those, nbc's chris jansing who talked with us minutes ago from the airport in tokyo. >> reporter: it's going to be interesting to see what the reaction of the japanese people is when they hear this news because america is the strongest ally. and i think for them to say that their people need to leave the dependence of their embassy personnel said th
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Mar 18, 2011 5:30pm PDT
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewer in the west tonight. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the twor wars we're fighting, the u.s. will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi d
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Mar 17, 2011 11:00pm PDT
in japan where it morning now and smoke is still billowing from a damaged nuclear power plant. workers have been trying everything to cool reactors there. but at this point, they're not even sure if their methods are working. the plan now to use fire trucks to spray even more water on that plant. president obama is assuring americans, meanwhile, that harmful doses of radiation will not make it to the united states. here in the bay area, air quality leaders are monitoring radiation levels, and so far everything is normal. but some people aren't taking chances. many getting out. nbc bay area's george kiriyama who is first bay area reporter on the scene there in japan when the disaster unfolded, well, tonight he's back and he's sharing his experience with us coming up in just moments. >> now george left japan because of concerns over radiation but it seems those concerns have followed him stateside. many people in the bay area are wondering, just what risk do we face? >> well, tracking that impact of the radiation from japan. one dispersion model. that's actually the name. shows slightly eleva
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Mar 13, 2011 7:00am PDT
," destruction and devastation in japan and a growing nuclear crisis as authorities race to battle the threat of reactor meltdowns. "today in the bay's" george kiriyama reports from japan about that devastation and how the japanese people are holding up. >>> and a 17-year-old boy clinging to life after being shot in the face in the south bay. who police say is responsible. this is "today in the bay." >>> good morning to you once again. i'm in for kris sanchez this morning. this morning in japan, six nuclear reactors and two power plants are at risk for melting down after that explosion at a building housing a nuclear reactor. it's just the latest fallout from two minutes of terror that is prompting the country's triple disaster. we do have some chopper video shot this morning along japan's northeast coast. as you can see, the devastation stretches for miles. right now, japanese government officials say the death toll in this one state alone could reach into the tens of thousands. 170,000 people who lived near power plants are being evacua d evacuated. millions of people don't have drinking w
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Mar 15, 2011 6:00am PDT
>>> japan faces the potential of a nuclear catastrophe. find out what's happening with a crippled nuclear power plant. >> and tokyo, evacuees are fleeing that city. >> cries for help. how the bay area is responding to the crisis in japan. i'm bob redell. that story coming up in a live report. >> it is tuesday, march 15th. as we take a live look outside in the south bay. rain in the works this week. this is "today in the bay." >> and good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. it is straight up 6:00. i'm brent cannon? and i'm laura garcia-cannon. let's check that forecast with christina. >> good morning to you, laura and brent. we have some really active -- got an active radar for you this morning. we're noticing more and more of those lightning strikes offshore. really ripe atmosphere out there for the formation of some thunderstorms as we head throughout today, especially this afternoon, and we are seeing quite a bit of rain moving into the bay area right now. especially san francisco getting pretty steady rain. yellows embedded here within the green. moderate rain coming dow
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Mar 14, 2011 4:00am PDT
>>> this morning on "early today," wall of destruction. death toll soars in japan as authorities race to head off nuclear meltdowns. >>> shock waves. the situation in japan raises fears over moouk power plants here at home. >>> and whiteout. a late winter blizzard leaves hundreds of motorists stranded in north dakota. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a very good morning to you. today we begin with a country in crisis. in japan, rescuers are searching for signs of life beneath the rubble as the clock ticks in the wake of friday's epic disaster. japanese police say that they have recovered another 1,000 bodies that washed along the shore adding to a mounting death toll already thought to be above 10,000. nbc's kristen dahlgren joins us with the latest. good morning to you. >> good morning, veronica. there have now been more than 300ç aftershocks registered he. there were new warnings today, and now the possibility of a nuclear accident. with heavy equipment and bare hands, rescue workers continue the desperate search for survivors. virtually every piece of debris
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Mar 18, 2011 5:00pm PDT
after the whole disaster in japan and the whole tsunami warning and now there is a tornado warning. >> reporter: most people we talk with said high winds shook their homes. they also reported seeing hail. the tornado warning was lifted about a half-hour after it was issued. the san mateo county sheriff's office said they received no reports of damage or injuries. i did talk to one woman who was flying into sfo right around the same time of the tornado warning, and she said she had a very, very bumpy ride. reporting live in bell monday. nbc bay area news. >> thank you. when's ahead for this weekend? we'll check in with jeff ranieri in moments. >>> another major development in japan today. >> japanese leaders raised the crisis level to a level 5. that's on par with the 1979 three mile island core meltdown that happened in pennsylvania in the united states. japan's prime minister now, naoto kan urged citizens to unite against the country's worst crisis. he did that today in a televised address to the nation. this after the crisis level was raised to five on the international scale of
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Mar 23, 2011 5:30pm PDT
of the food coming here from japan. we'll have answers for you here tonight. >>> the struggle of those rebels in libya to now get the upper hand as nbc's richard engel lives through a close call on the ground. >>> making a difference. with a combination of medical expertise and a higher power. >>> and a screen gem is gone. some say the last of the true movie stars. tonight we'll remember elizabeth taylor. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we're still in the middle of an air assault on libya. really the third front the u.s. is fighting on these days. it was launched by president obama to protect civilians, he said, because gadhafi's forces were bearing down on the rebels' headquarter city of benghazi. but all those cruise missiles and bombs still haven't stopped the ground fighting. the rebels were under heavy fire today about 100 miles to the south of benghazi. and as you're about to see, our own chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, was with them and got about as close as you'd ever want to. richard is back safely in benghazi ton
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Mar 16, 2011 6:00am PDT
on the situation in japan. about 50 workers are now back inside a crippled japanese nuclear plant. they left after radiation levels hit a dangerous level. the workers had been trying to cool down the reactors, they were going to pour sea water on them. government leaders are now using helicopters to dump water and boric acid. workers are taking some sections of the plant apart. they think it could prevent more fires. >> also new, trace levels of radiation found in the city water supply near the plant. radiation concerns are also forcing many news agencies including nbc, to pull their reporters out of japan, among them is our own george kiriyama. he has been reporting from mostly in the tokyo area since sunday but he will be coming home. >> president obama says americans should not worry about radiation from japan reaching american shores. he says that experts have told him that a nuclear release from japan would probably dissipate before it gets to hawaii much less on to california and the mainland here. >> nuclear radiation concerns rise, the death toll does rise in japan. more than 3700 people a
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Mar 14, 2011 5:00am PDT
. >> thanks a lot, mike. we begin with the latest from japan. rescue workers are racing against time to find survivor. but the body count continues to rise with thousands more victims discovered. kristen dahlgren is in tokyo and she says there are now worries about another nuclear reactor. >> reporter: with heavy equipment and bare hands rescue workers continue the desperate search for survivors but virtually every piece of debris moved away reveals an increasingly grim scene. >> translator: my relatives and friends are missing after this tsunami destroyed the village. they were all washed away. >> reporter: in one area reports of some 2,000 bodies found. the unofficial count more than 10,000 still missing. for the survivors of the quake, surviving the aftermath is proving just as challenging. as temperatures dip below freezing, for many there is no food, no water, no electricity. not even gas to make it to safety. the sirens still sound as aftershocks and more tsunami warnings bring fresh panic. then another hydrogen explosion, this time in the number three reactor at the fukushima daiichi
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Mar 18, 2011 5:00am PDT
>> new this morning, the danger level upgraded at the nuclear plant in japan as crews try new ways to prevent a melt down. we will have the latest, coming up. >> the santa cruz harbor one week after the tsunami surge is in recovery mode this morning. another set back for this weekend's expected storm. i'm marla tellez. my report is coming up. >> good morning. i'm christie smith live in marin county. hold on tight to your steering wheel as you head out. that wet weather is here we will give you a first look. >> a live look outside, not a lot of traffic on the golden gate. it's friday, march 18th, 2011. >>> thanks so much for joining us. >> we begin with big rain. we have been talking about it on the way and it is here. christina has the latest. >> good morning to you. not just big rain this morning we have big wind and thunderstorms. smug don't usually see here in the morning because it's so cool. especially this time of year. we have a moist, cold air mass colliding with a warmer air mass and lightning strikes you have a strong temperature difference for us this morning powerful we
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Mar 18, 2011 4:00am PDT
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," desperate measures. the world watches and waits as japan tries to contain its nuclear crisis. >>> survival instinct, incredible new video of heroic rescues during last week's catastrophic tsunami. >>> and royal jewel, the see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a whopping sum. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a race against the clock. japan raise the the a virity rating of the nuclear crisis from four to five putting it on par with the three mile island disaster of 1979. japan is desperately trying to reconnect power to critical cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. fire engines are blasting tons of water into the hot zone. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: tons of water, the difference between salvation and catastrophe at japan's stricken nuclear plant. >> the situation remains very serious. but there's been no significant worsening since yest
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Mar 18, 2011 4:30am PDT
caution into friday. focus on the day before you think about the weekend >> the latest in japan, the country's nuclear safety agency raised the severity rateing for level four to level five on a seve seven-level scale. level five is having wider than local consequences. the country reaching out to the u.s. for help in stabilizing the overheated nuclear plants military fire trucks sprayed with water to try to prevent fuel from overheating and spewing dangerous radiation. relief workers held a moment of silence at the exact time the earthquake hit the country a week ago. as you can hear in several towns a i siren sounded. much of what was spared by the earthquake was wrecked by the tsunami. the death toll reeached 6500. foreigners lining up for flights out of the country. the u.s. advised americans living in japan to leave due to radiation from the plant. radiation concerns traveled across the pacific to the bay area. many people wonderinging what risk we face. trekking impacts from japan, one d dis-persian models show alaska, but you could get more radiation at home from things y
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm PDT
to seal themselves inside as japan's leaders continue to ask everyone to remain calm. >> we have live team coverage tonight from the bay area to japan. we'll look at the radiation fears, but let's begin with george who joins us from tokyo via skype. like millions of japanese residents, you, too, are waking up to a brand new day filled with brand new hurdles. take us inside here and tell us what the pulse of that city is now. >> you said it. it is a brand new day here. i think this day started last night. we got a good feeling for what's going on here in tokyo as we've seen many who live here as well as tourists trying to leave the city and though they're hearing the levels of radiation, they're not taking chances and are fleeing tokyo while they can, including one man from san francisco who we met at the train station. >> with the threat of radiation increasing in tokyo, many who live here have already made up their minds on what they're going to do. get out now. count this tokyo native in that crowd. >> i never expeerntsed such a thing, so i don't know what to do. i just don't k
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Mar 17, 2011 4:00am PDT
of japan as nuclear meltdown fears grow. >>> line of fire, security cameras capture a dramatic shoot-out at a tennessee convenience store. >>> and space odyssey, astronauts unveil the international space station's astronauts unveil the international space station's newest resident. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens and reports about the status of one of its crippled nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuation of americans out of japan. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everybody. we learned overnight that these will be voluntary evacuations, even though the airports have reopened, commercial flights are available, the u.s. state department will be organizing charter flights out of tokyo and other locations in japan to get americans out. the u.s. believes
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Mar 14, 2011 6:00am PDT
>>> new this morning, a second explosion at a nuclear plant inp japan. we'll have the very latest developments coming up. >>> a little confusion this morning among b.a.r.t. riders in the east bay. not sure what to expect this morning after a train derailment yesterday. i'm christie smith. we'll have some answers about the morning commute coming up. >>> it's monday, march 14th, as we take a live look outside. rain in the forecast "today in the bay." >>> from nbc bay area, reporting what matters to you, this is "today in the bay." >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. straight up 6:00. i'm brent cannon. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. i miss the hour we missed this weekend. >> i know. can we please have it back? you know what? this evening if you're somebody who does like to get a lot done in the evening after work, you'll appreciate that additional hour. supposedly we do have statistics that prove that in the afternoon hours with the heavier commute in the evenings, it actually prevents traffic accidents with that extra hour in the evening. we always want everyone to stay safe. but
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00pm PDT
attention to the development now in japan. so many stories happening in japan and the bay area. the battle continues. >> there is a measure of success to tell you about where engineers have laid down the portion of a power line to that damaged reactor at the fukushima power plant. that line could help restore the cooling system which all of them were damaged in last week's earthquake and the tsunami. so far it is only a prekacautio. federal officials say it will not reach harmful levels right here. airports are screening passengers. full radiation so far and no levels have been detected. american 747 used to fight fires will be part of the effort to contain the radiation in japan. unclear, though, at this point how it will be involved. it will not be part of water drops directly into the are reactors. robert is in tokyo tonight with more on the latest. >> reporter: dramatic pictures on japanese television showed military helicopters dropping water on one of the reactors. the water often missing its mark. the company that owns the plant said the drastic move which exposed the pilots to radi
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Mar 18, 2011 6:00am PDT
the people in japan. we will talk about the most important digits that will save lives. >> good morning. i'm christie smith live in marin county. remember the rain and wind that we said would be coming? it's here. we will give you a first look in a live report. >> we will tell you when it will reach you. it's friday, march 18th, this is today in the bay. >> good friday morning. it's 6:00 >> let's get to the forecast with christina. >> definitely not the way you want to wake up on a friday, but when you consider what happened last friday, the storms are not all that bad in perspective. we have a lot of lightning coming down and it's starting to subside a little bit we are entering into the coolest part of the day. just before sunrise. now that we went into the time change it's about 7:15. as we head through the next couple of hours, we will see less in terms of the lightning you need the warmth for the thunderstorms to kick up the lightning. through the morning hours, the main portion of this front arrives in the north bay at about 9:00 a.m. we are expecting possibly widespread thunderstorm
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